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Theatrical Weddings And Pious Frauds: Performance And Law In Victorian Marriage Plots, Adrianne A. Wojcik 2018 Marquette University

Theatrical Weddings And Pious Frauds: Performance And Law In Victorian Marriage Plots, Adrianne A. Wojcik

Dissertations (2009 -)

This study investigates how key Victorian novelists, such as Anne and Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy, emphasize performativity in their critiques of marriage. Given the performative nature of wedding ceremonies, this project focuses on wedding descriptions in select novels by the aforementioned authors. Such a focus highlights an interesting dilemma. Although we often think of Victorian novels as overwhelmingly concerned with marriage, the few wedding descriptions found in Victorian fiction are aborted, unusually short or announced after the fact. Those Victorian novelists who do feature weddings often describe them ...


Natural Singing: A Guide For Using The Alexander Technique To Teach Voice, Paige Sentianin 2018 University of Colorado Boulder

Natural Singing: A Guide For Using The Alexander Technique To Teach Voice, Paige Sentianin

Voice and Opera Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis discusses various ways in which voice teachers can use principles of the Alexander Technique to help students sing with more freedom and efficiency. I first define these principles, and then explain their applications to singing. By examining several published sources and conducting interviews with teachers of both the Alexander Technique and voice, I have compiled practical advice and exercises together into a guide for those who study the art of singing. This research not only helps with efficient singing, but also dispels misconceptions of kinesthetic awareness and body use in relation to vocal pedagogy. The goal of this ...


"I'S Not So Wicked As I Use To Was:" The Interplay Of Race And Dignity In Nineteenth-Century American Drama And Blackface Minstrelsy, Sam Volosky 2018 La Salle University

"I'S Not So Wicked As I Use To Was:" The Interplay Of Race And Dignity In Nineteenth-Century American Drama And Blackface Minstrelsy, Sam Volosky

HON499 projects

Blackface was an extremely popular and pervasive performance type unique to nineteenth century American performance. For years, the black characters of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and The Octoroon were played by white actors in blackface makeup whereas mixed-raced characters were presented as white. These two plays, each having played a role in affecting public opinion toward slavery, do not stand out from the tradition of blackface minstrelsy and, subsequently, take part in subjugating black entertainers in the realm of theatre as well as society. The playwrights borrowed conventions of contemporary theatrical performance in order to cater to the tastes of ...


How Drag Culture Resolves Tensions In Victorian Shakespearean Cross-Dressing; Or, Slay, Feste, Slay, Isaac Robertson 2018 Brigham Young University

How Drag Culture Resolves Tensions In Victorian Shakespearean Cross-Dressing; Or, Slay, Feste, Slay, Isaac Robertson

Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism

In 2017, Madame Le Gateau Chocolat, a black drag queen, sashayed onto the stage of the Globe theater to portray Feste in Emma Rice’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This bold move not only gave anxiety to its investors (eventually leading to the stepping down of Emma Rice), but also raised questions about the validity of drag performance within Shakespeare plays. Shakespeare has historically been inseparable with traditional cross-dressing (both in performance and in the narrative itself), although the relationship has not always been cordial. In Victorian England, cross-dressing was often set equal to homosexuality or moral deviance ...


A Causal-Comparative Analysis Of Performance-Based Music Classes And Act Scores, Russell Courson 2018 Liberty University

A Causal-Comparative Analysis Of Performance-Based Music Classes And Act Scores, Russell Courson

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Educational leaders at the state and district level are struggling to provide adequate funding for schools due to the uncertainty of the economic outlook throughout the country. Although several states have requested and received waivers for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), many school systems still find themselves in the difficult position of providing enough instructional time dedicated to the four primary core content areas (language arts, math, science, and social studies) to allow students to be successful in high stakes standardized testing. While NCLB stated the fine arts, including performance-based music classes, such as band, choir ...


Choreopoems: Augmenting Textuality With Movement, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Zari McFadden 2018 Morehouse College

Choreopoems: Augmenting Textuality With Movement, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Zari Mcfadden

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

In 1975, Ntozake Shange debuted For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf establishing a new intermedia genre: the choreopoem. A choreopoem is a unique approach to storytelling that departs from Western poetry by incorporating emphases on movement and nonverbal communication, using embodied emotion to connect with audiences. Shange’s innovation is continued through the work of Jessica Care Moore (poet) and Aku Kadogo (choreographer, Spelman College) who has developed a techno-choreopoem entitled Salt City. The work celebrates Black culture in Detroit: “the African-American presence in the city … [and] techno-music that was pioneered by African-American men ...


Pitch Polarity In Praise Singing And Hip-Hop: Evidence For An Underrepresented Poetic Feature, William S. Dula, Aaron Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina, Nathaniel Condit-Schultz 2018 Clark Atlanta University

Pitch Polarity In Praise Singing And Hip-Hop: Evidence For An Underrepresented Poetic Feature, William S. Dula, Aaron Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina, Nathaniel Condit-Schultz

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Tonal counterpoint is a common device in the oral improvisatory tradition of Yorùbá oríkì (praise-singing), first documented by Ọlátunji (1984). Both tonal and counterpoint are terms familiar to musicians, but the meaning here is the linguistic tonal, not the harmonic, and the rhetorical counterpoint, not polyphonic. Ọlátunji describes couplets in which each phrase is parallel if not identical in terms of phonic content and the first sets up a tonal expectancy for the second. The contrast might also be between words within a single phrase. There are three primary categories of tonal counterpoint in Yorùbá oríkì: parallelism of similar words ...


The Voices Of Native Guard: From The Page To Performance, Corrie Claiborne, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Cliff Miller 2018 Morehouse College

The Voices Of Native Guard: From The Page To Performance, Corrie Claiborne, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Cliff Miller

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Published in 2006, Native Guard received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007, and the book's author, Natasha Trethewey, went on to become the US Poet Laureate in 2012 and 2014. Trethewey emphasizes that Native Guard is a book of poetry, not a collection of poems that were gathered together for publication. This one among many reasons it was an excellent source for a theatrical production by the Alliance Theatre (in Atlanta) in 2014, in restaged in 2018. Actors January Lavoy (the poet) and Anton Neal (the native guard) breathe new life into Trethewey's work, expressing the deep musicality of ...


The Flâneuse In The Virtual City: Exploring "Lost Angeles", Zena Bibler 2018 University of California, Los Angeles

The Flâneuse In The Virtual City: Exploring "Lost Angeles", Zena Bibler

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

In this essay, I contemplate the role of video gamer as flâneur in Lost Angeles, a three-hour video work by Lee Tusman that captures the wanderings of gamer Derm McGuigan within the virtual world of Los Santos. With the help of Lena Hammergren’s “The re-turn of the flâneuse” I will consider how the video, originally conceived of as a project of “virtual flânerie,” might fall more accurately under the domain of the flâneuse, who uses the kinesthetic as a way to enter previously inaccessible spaces. As McGuigan moves his avatar through Los Santos, he integrates stimuli from the game ...


A Review Essay: Rendering "Staging Wittgenstein", Rebecca B. Warzer 2018 New York University

A Review Essay: Rendering "Staging Wittgenstein", Rebecca B. Warzer

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Blair Simmons’ performance Staging Wittgenstein was born from a text—Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus—and this review renders it textual again. Staging Wittgenstein takes the logics of language developed in the book and plays them out on stage in physical and dialogical acts. In the transformation from philosophy text to performance, the brilliant, puzzling text is made live and funny, but its curious, inventive logic is retained. The review considers the nature of this transformation, and what it means to “enact” theory, using Natasha Myers’ notion of a “rendering” to frame the performance as a productive criticism of fundamental assumptions ...


Writing The Collaborative Process: Measure (Still) For Measure, Shakespeare, And Rape Culture, Nora J. Williams 2018 Independent Scholar

Writing The Collaborative Process: Measure (Still) For Measure, Shakespeare, And Rape Culture, Nora J. Williams

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

To what extent can a process of collaborative creation unseat Shakespeare as a source of cultural authority?

In February 2016, a group of professional performers gathered in an abandoned shop front in Exeter’s city centre to formally begin a devising process with Shakespeare and Middleton’s Measure for Measure that had been incubating in my mind for almost a year. Nearly a year later, in January 2017, an unrelated group of secondary school students began a similar process, with the same text.

What began as a persistent sense that these long-dead writers had omitted an important perspective in their ...


Rsa Performance And The Rhetorical Tradition Workshop Bibliography, Jenn Fishman 2018 University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Rsa Performance And The Rhetorical Tradition Workshop Bibliography, Jenn Fishman

Jenn Fishman

This bibliography was compiled by participants in the 2009 RSA Institute Workshop on performance and the rhetorical tradition. Instead of trying to determine a canon for this emerging subfield, the group identified texts that inform their individual research, scholarship, and teaching. As a result, this list below includes a broad and interdisciplinary range of publications and performances. These works offer a multitude of starting places for further inquiry and invention.


The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, Dawn A. Schluetz, Tim Phipps, Rebekah Priebe, Diane C. Merchant, Rebecca M. Baker 2018 Director

The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, Dawn A. Schluetz, Tim Phipps, Rebekah Priebe, Diane C. Merchant, Rebecca M. Baker

Theatre Productions

C.S. Lewis’ heroic tale of love, faith, courage, and giving; the life and death struggle for control of Narnia; and the grandeur of the triumph of good over evil has been faithfully captured for the stage by acclaimed playwright Joseph Robinette. Robinette is one of the most produced playwrights for family audiences in the world. He has dramatized the exciting story of three children who join the fight against the White Witch, with the Lion Aslan as their leader and protector. This production will delight audiences of all ages, true to the original Chronicles of Narnia books. Fans of ...


Radical Black Drama-As-Theory: The Black Feminist Dramatic On The Protracted Event-Horizon, Jaye Austin Williams 2018 Bucknell University

Radical Black Drama-As-Theory: The Black Feminist Dramatic On The Protracted Event-Horizon, Jaye Austin Williams

Faculty Journal Articles

In this essay, I elaborate my present project, grounded in what I call drama theory, the critical theoretical dimensions of dramatic writing, and address the deeply troubling intramural tensions across Black Studies, between those who read blackness, and black cultural production, through largely futurist, celebratory lenses; and those who apply a structural analysis to blackness as the site against, upon, and through which the world coheres its soci(et)al apparatuses and machinations. I situate myself within the latter constellation, and sample here two plays by Suzan-Lori Parks to demonstrate how I translate the analyses of antiblack violence by black ...


An American Myth In The (Re)Making: The Timeless Fantasy Appeal Of 'The King And I', Lina Purtscher 2018 Scripps College

An American Myth In The (Re)Making: The Timeless Fantasy Appeal Of 'The King And I', Lina Purtscher

Scripps Senior Theses

It is now well-known that The King and I has little claim to truth. Recent research has exposed the inaccuracy of the “biographical” works on which the musical is based: Anna Leonowens invented many things about her personal background and experiences. Much of her life, then, is a contrived fantasy. Yet her life of fantasy has been resurrected in countless adaptations, including the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and its 2015 revival production, that ceaselessly draw audiences. The fascination of American audiences with Anna’s tale lies their belief in the timeless American ideals that her fantasy employs: those of ...


Of The Crickets, Kathryn Lien 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Of The Crickets, Kathryn Lien

Theses and Dissertations

Of the Crickets imagines the overlapping worlds of ethical ecological solutions to climate changed sustenance and the potential for collective excellence in female exclusive environments. Using garments, furniture, site-specific installation and directed performance, the project harnesses social and material sensitivity to mine solutions for idealized living.


It Was Much More Pleasurable To Be A Cephalopod, Jordan N. Chesnut 2018 University of Montana

It Was Much More Pleasurable To Be A Cephalopod, Jordan N. Chesnut

Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers

This play-in-verse is based off a true story of the death of Noah Michael Dewitt in 2015 when his body was found in the Eugene, OR waste water treatment center. Rooted in the author’s fascination with personal myth, the plot breaks away from narrativity, traditional forms, and causal explanation to seek alternative forms of knowing through the protagonist, Gutterslut, in her journey deeper into the “post-collapse body” of grief. The result is a psycho-drama that interrogates subjectivity, the discourse around murdered and missing persons, responsibility within and outside of romantic love, and the efficacy of language itself. In doing ...


“La Frida No Envejeció, Yo Soy La Frida Envejecida”. La Ultima Performance De Pedro Lemebel, Fernando A. Blanco 2017 Bucknell University

“La Frida No Envejeció, Yo Soy La Frida Envejecida”. La Ultima Performance De Pedro Lemebel, Fernando A. Blanco

Faculty Journal Articles

A partir de su último encuentro con Pedro Lemebel, el articulista lee la proxémica de dicha cita como un epígrafe performático que permite ordenar de manera comprensiva y especulativa la producción transmedial de Lemebel (crónica, novela y performance). Se concluye que, en sus distintas acciones, los textos de Lemebel funcionan como herramientas de un operador de la historia cultural chilena a través de la manipulación de los signos del cuerpo homosexual.


Isu's Climate Change Theatre Action 2017, Vivian Cook 2017 Iowa State University

Isu's Climate Change Theatre Action 2017, Vivian Cook

Honors Projects and Posters

Between October 1 and November 18, 2017, more than 140 teams of theatre artists in twenty-five countries participated in the second international Climate Change Theatre Action project in support of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Approximately ten thousand audience members across the globe attended these events. Organizers Vivian M. Cook and Dr. Charissa Menefee produced one of the largest participating Climate Change Theatre Action events, creating a unique partnership between ISU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment, ISU Theatre, ISU Office of Sustainability, and Ames Public Library. An ensemble of twenty-one community, student, and alumni actors ...


A Production Process For Developing A Web Series, Snaptv, Toebey T. Caldwell 2017 California State University, San Bernardino

A Production Process For Developing A Web Series, Snaptv, Toebey T. Caldwell

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

ABSTRACT

My project for this Interdisciplinary Master’s Program, studying Film Theories and Media Production methods, details “A Production Process for Creating a Web Series, called SNAPtv”. This media production was designed to demonstrate my experience and knowledge I gained through this degree, by specific areas of developing and producing media, including script writing, filming and editing media content, to construct an original web series from Pre-Production to Post-Production.

SNAPtv is a hybrid, sketch comedy, talk show produced as an online web series that mimics the characteristics of a semi-scripted Reality-Television series and combines the elements of a talk show ...


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